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Love 'Em or Lose 'Em, 4th Edition by Sharon Jordan-Evans, Beverly Kaye

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Chapter 3CAREERS Support Growth

I guess I just never saw a future for myself here. I don’t mean I expected a path all laid out, but I did expect that somewhere, someone would talk to me about my future.

—A.J.

A.J. probably had a future with this employer, but if that future was a secret in senior managers’ minds only, it had no power to influence A.J.’s decisions. If there has never been a discussion about an employee’s career, your chances of keeping that person engaged or with you are greatly diminished.

In fact, far too many managers steer clear of career conversations. Which of the following barriers keep you from opening up this topic?

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